PreK-Adult Instructional Programs and Pathways (IPP)

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Throughout 2020-21, the Department of Teaching and Learning is leading a visioning process for the PreK-Adult Instructional Programs and Pathways (formerly called the PreK-12 Instructional Programs Pathway)The IPP will serve as a framework for making decisions around instructional visioning that will inform APS planning initiatives, including but not limited to, the annual budget, Capital Improvement Plan, boundary processes, and the Arlington Facilities and Student Accommodation Plan (AFSAP). Instructional leaders ideas and suggestions from the 2020-21 visioning process will be shared with the community in the February 4 Monitoring Report to the School Board. Final recommendations will be shared at the March 25 School Board meeting (Rescheduled to May 2021), following a community engagement process and input throughout February.

STATUS UPDATE

March 25 – Final recommendations to the School Board will be shared in May 2021 (Exact date is TBD)

February 16- 28 – Community Questionnaire (English & Spanish) – closed on Feb. 28 (community responses will be posted in the near future)

February  24, 2021 – Virtual Open Office Hour for Community Questions

Topics of Focus:

  • 7:30-8:00- Suggestion to consider using one floor of the Ed Center for a virtual learning program for students at the secondary level
  • 8:00-8:30- Suggestion to consider co-locating Academic Academy at the Langston Site

February 22, 2021 – Virtual Open Office Hour for Community Questions

Topics of Focus:

  • 7:30-8:00- Suggestion to consider making Montessori a PreK-8 school
  • 8:00-8:30- Suggestion to consider reopening Kenmore Arts & Communication Technology Program to middle school students countywide

February 17, 2021- IPP Virtual Community Meeting #2

February 11, 2021- IPP Virtual Community Meeting #1

February 10, 2021- IPP Presentation for Advisory Committee Representatives, PTA Leaders and and APS Ambassadors

February 4, 2021 – IPP Monitoring Report to School Board | Video (Starts at 3:01)

Attachment to IPP Monitoring Report: Suggestions from Instructional Leaders

December 20, 2021 – IPP Presentation for Advisory Committees


BACKGROUND

The August 27, 2020 School Board Work Session, Planning Initiatives for 2020-21, included an update on the PreK-Adult Instructional Programs and Pathways.

Presentation (slides 19-20) | Video (starts at 45:32)

The IPP process began in 2018-19. This dynamic and fluid visioning process continues to be developed in 2020-21.

New features of the IPP now include:

  • Name change from the “Instructional Program Pathways” to the “Instructional Programs and Pathways”
  • Expansion to include all PreK-Adult programs: general education, English Learner programs, Special Education, Dual Enrollment, exemplary projects, adult education and more
  • Description of the relationship between the IPP, Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), and Arlington Facilities and Student Accommodation Plan (AFSAP)
  • Articulation of IPP program criteria and an evaluation component for instructional programs (in progress)
  • Program audit to help inform APS’s work in identifying areas of need and ensuring equity and access̶
    • Identify enrollment trends and demographic composition of programs
    • Identify areas of under- and over-representation of specific student groups

More on the initial IPP Process.


students working at a project around a tableGOALS

  1. Ensure equity and access in all programs
  2. Promote demographic diversity in our programs and schools
  3. Aid in enrollment management
  4. Ensure Multiple Pathways to Student Success

OBJECTIVES

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Clearly define the role of neighborhood and option schools in our instructional program, by:

Providing the community with a comprehensive list and description of current instructional programs and options - PreK to Adult. 

    • General education
    • English Learner Programs
    • Special Education
    • Dual Enrollment
    • Exemplary Projects
    • Adult Ed

Articulating a clear instructional vision for the future that aligns with our mission, vision, strategic plan, and new Equity policy.

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    • Expand current programs
    • Changes or modifications to existing programs
    • Create a new program(s)
    • Move a program(s) to a new site
    • Consolidate a program(s)
    • Eliminate a program(s)

Providing a set of criteria for assessing programs in the IPP in alignment with  Policy A-6.31 Program Evaluation  and corresponding  PIP A-6.31 PIP-1- Accountability & Evaluation.

This will provide an objective assessment of existing instructional programs during the evaluation process and as a screener for any new programs that are proposed to ensure alignment with our mission, vision, strategic plan goals.

Aligning with our new Equity policy.

This will reflect APS’s commitment to ensuring equity and access while providing educational excellence for all students whether they attend a neighborhood school or access one of the instructional programs/options offered.


 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

The process to develop and refine the IPP will continue to be inclusive and provide opportunities for advisory committees, staff and community members to provide input that will help shape this work.

DATE ACTIVITY
Dec. 2020-Jan. 2021
  • Meet with APS Advisory Committees and share information with PTAs and School Ambassadors to raise awareness and respond to questions about the IPP instructional visioning process, timeline, work to date, and timeline for continued development of the IPP with future opportunities for community input

Feb. 2021

(UPDATED)

February 4 – IPP Monitoring Report to School Board

February 10 – 6:30 pm – Virtual information sessions for Advisory Committees, CCPTA, PTA leadership

February 16- 28 – Community Questionnaire (English & Spanish) – closed on Feb. 28 (community responses will be future in the near future)

February 11 & 17 – 7:00-8:30 pm – Virtual Community Presentation & Staff Virtual Open Office Hour

  • The same information will be presented at each meeting
  • Phone lines for simultaneous interpretation in Amharic, Arabic, Mongolian and Spanish
  • Will be recorded and posted online

February 22- 7:30-8:30 – Virtual Open Office Hour

This open office hour will provide community members the opportunity to ask questions about specific suggestions from instructional leaders that were shared in the Feb. 4 IPP Monitoring report.

  • 7:30-8:00- Suggestion to consider making Montessori a PreK-8 school
  • 8:00-8:30- Suggestion to consider reopening Kenmore Arts & Communication Technology Program to middle school students countywide

February  24- 7:30-8:30 – Virtual Open Office Hour

This open office hour will provide community members the opportunity to ask questions about specific suggestions from instructional leaders that were shared in the Feb. 4 IPP Monitoring report.

  • 7:30-8:00- Suggestion to consider using one floor of the Ed Center for a virtual learning program for students at the secondary level
  • 8:00-8:30- Suggestion to consider co-locating Academic Academy at the Langston Site

 

Additional ways to engage

  • Community input through engage@apsva.us
  • Share information through a variety of mediums including social media, Friday 5 updates, School Talk Engage messages, APS School Ambassadors, Facebook Live, Engage page

Mar. 2021

(Rescheduled to May 2021)

March 25: School Board IPP Monitoring Item (Rescheduled to May 2021)

  • Inform community about final IPP recommendations through a variety of mediums including social media, Friday 5 updates, School Talk Engage messages, APS School Ambassadors, Facebook LIve, Engage page
Spring 2021 – ongoing
  • Meetings with instructional leaders to continue development of IPP ​
  • Prioritization and identification of future focus areas for IPP
  • Future community engagement opportunities will be provided (TBD)

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RESOURCES

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2018-24 Strategic Plan (www.apsva.us/strategic-plan/)

The six-year strategic plan developed with staff and community involvement to identify focus areas for school system improvement

Profile of a Virginia Graduate (www.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Profile-of-a-VA-Graduate-VDOE.pdf)

Describes the knowledge, skills, and experiences and attributes that students must attain to be successful in college and/or the work force and to be “life ready” in an economy and a world characterized by rapid change.

Teaching and Learning Framework (www.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/TL-Framework-for-Website.pdf)

Provides an overview of the teaching and learning experiences for each of our classrooms; the curriculum templates that provide the “knows and dos,” assessments, and resources for each unit; and the professional learning experiences that provide opportunities for collaboration and learning together across the division.

2019 Arlington Facilities and Student Accommodation Plan (AFSAP) (www.apsva.us/engage/afsapreport/)

Provides background information on current and expected student enrollment, and how this data relates to APS school facilities’ existing and planned capacity. Capacity is defined as the number of students that can be accommodated in a permanent school building for instruction.

Capital Improvement Plan  (www.apsva.us/budget-finance/cip/ )

Every two years, the School Board adopts a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that addresses APS capital needs—investments needed to improve or enhance the infrastructure of our schools—over the next ten years. The CIP includes major capital projects, such as new schools and school additions, as well as major maintenance and minor construction projects. 

Annual Update  (www.apsva.us/statistics/enrollment-projections )

The Annual Update process prepares all schools for manageable enrollment in the next school year and serves as a guide for budget allocations based on student enrollment. In this process, APS can consider whether to change the number of students or classes at APS option schools/programs.


POLICIES

A-30 Equity - adopted August 20, 2020 

K-3 Program Changes – adopted November 2007

I-7.2.9.30 Program Differentiation – adopted November 2007

I-7.2.9.30 PIP-1 Program Differentiation – adopted August 2009

J-5.3.31 Options and Transfers- Elementary & Secondary

J-5.3.31 PIP 1 – Options and Transfers- Elementary & Secondary

J-5.3.31- PIP 2-  Options and Transfers- PreK - adopted in June 25, 2020

L-9 Accreditation of Schools - adopted October 6, 2016


DATA SOURCES

IPP – Programs and Options – Data Table – 2017 thru 2020

Program audit of all current instructional programs that includes a three-year trend of:​

  • Number of students enrolled̶
  • Demographics – Race/Ethnicity, Free /Reduced Lunch, Special Education, 504, English Learner program, Gifted
  • Assigned neighborhood school

Capacity Utilization Tables – 10-year Projections – published Feb. 2020

Pupil Transfer Report

This report provides information about student transfers within Arlington in a school year.

Options and Transfers Application Data

Following the lottery for option schools and programs, Arlington Public Schools (APS) makes public the information about the number of available seats available, the number of applications received, how many students received an offer, and the number of students remaining on the waitlist for all pre-K, elementary, and secondary option schools/programs and neighborhood transfers